Star Wise: August 2012

by Mac McLaughlin

Aries | Taurus | Gemini | Cancer | Leo | Virgo | Libra
Scorpio | Sagitarius | Capricorn | Aquarius | Pisces

portrait of Mac McLaughlin

It’s hot out there and I’m not talking about the weather. The Dog Days have arrived. Good old Mercury retrograde is in play and although Mercury goes direct motion on August 8, it will take several more days to get up to normal speed again. Related to us, it means communications will be hampered in some way. Delays and snafus, concerns regarding business, travel and transportation are the general fare when Mercury is dragging his feet and moving slowly. We all have our Mercury retrograde stories to share.

Mercury is moving through Leo, which is a fixed sign, meaning that attitudes and egos may clash and nobody wants to budge. In itself, this planetary energy would be plenty to deal with and we have dealt with it before. We can almost hear the collective yawn, as in, “So what? It’s not a big deal.” Along with the Mercury energy, we have a Mars/Saturn conjunction in Libra that will be in effect for the first three weeks of August making it a big deal indeed. Libra is a dynamic Cardinal sign indicating action and movement. Libra is the sign of peace or war and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see which way the energy is going in our society and in every society on the planet. Choose your topic and apply the above logic, or astro-logic, and we get a look into human behaviour at its best and worst.

The pictograph for Libra is a blindfolded goddess with a sword in one hand and a set of scales in the other, meaning impartial justice. Obviously, there are myriad imbalances throughout the land and many things to consider: politics, law, the environment, poverty, the pipeline; the list is long. It is time to step up and contribute however you can. Battles will rage and outrageous acts will take place. Accidents, violence, incidents, fires and weather phenomena will dominate the news. No sense hiding under the bed, as the energy won’t go away and must be worked with. The remedy is to slow down and strive to be less judgemental and reactive. Help out where you can and be courteous and respectful to one and all. If you have a chip on your shoulder, certainly someone will knock it off for you. It is a time of confrontation as we strive to right the wrongs and bring freedom and justice to all. In the meantime, it’s summer and time to enjoy nature in its bounteous glory.


ARIES
(March 21 – April 19)
Aries is a very individualistic sign. They want to do things their way and when they want. Generally, the urge to be free and nonconformist is strong and, at present, it is intense. You may become frustrated if you have too many limitations. There are lots of opportunities to find the balance in all things.
TAURUS
(April 20 – May 21)
Taurus Prime Minister Stephen Harper has been described as coming in with elbows extended. Taurus can be bull headed. It may be wise to let up a bit and allow others to have their way and say once in a while. August is a test of your ability to get others on-side with you.
GEMINI
(May 22 – June 20)
Communications, business and travel are indicated. The stars are leaning in your favour. The general tenor of the stars is stressful, but for the most part they may benefit you. Your goodwill, along with some good luck, goes into the mix. Your ability to assess a situation quickly and act on it pays off nicely.
CANCER (June 21 – July
22)
Venus brings her lovely energy to your sign throughout the last three weeks of August. Social events are attended and good times are experienced. Strong romantic attractions may take place and it may be hard to avoid temptation. Family gatherings are featured. Old issues with those closest to us may come up for review.
LEO (July
23 – August 22)
The full Moon on August 1 brings revelations. Issues come up and communications may be bogged down. It may take until mid-month to work through the complications. Life intensifies and you may experience some type of delay or problem with phones, computers, etc. The Leo new Moon on August 17 signals a new start.
VIRGO (August 23 – September
22)
It is time to rest and repair. The planets are not demanding a whole lot out of you this month so you can let down and enjoy life a bit. It’s a good time to rediscover yourself and what it is that truly makes you happy. It is time to nurture the spirit and attain internal peace.
LIBRA
(September 23 – October 22)
Life can be trying at times, especially when Saturn is around. You have to tow the line and it can get tiresome. Now, Mars has joined up with Saturn until late August, bringing a series of frustrating circumstances into play. Accidents and incidents are probable and you will have to go easy, safe and slow.
SCORPIO
(October 23 – November 21)
Career activities are featured as the Sun moves through your solar tenth house. Mercury happens to be retrograding in that area as well and it may bring some type of delay or concern regarding negotiations until mid-month. Mars visits Scorpio late August and September bringing a surge of energy and confidence your way.
SAGITTARIUS
(November 22 – December 21)
Jupiter’s passage through your opposite sign Gemini until next June will serve you well. He cast his light and influence into his own sign, bringing opportunities for growth and advancement financially, morally and spiritually. It can also be a time of waste and overindulgence if you are not careful. Relationships may flourish and bonds deepen as well.
CAPRICORN
(December 22 – January 19)
You may be in the mood to make some important decisions especially regarding relationships. It is time to re-evaluate your position. What do you really want? What brings you peace of mind. It is time to settle accounts with yourself and others and move to the high ground. Intense career activity is on board as well.
AQUARIUS
(January 20 – February 19)
The full Moon on August 1 takes place in your sign bringing intense energy and activity your way. You may be worked up about something and with Mercury retrograding in your opposite sign Leo, there may be conflict issues unfolding. Much depends on how you handle the situations that materialize in early August.

PISCES
(February 20 – March 20)
The Moon transits Pisces from July 6 to 9. Take some time to let down and enjoy life on that weekend. You may be in a pensive mood and engaging in some deep soul searching. Health considerations or work related concerns may need attention. Your dreams may be vivid and chock-full of important information.

Mac McLaughlin has been a practising, professional astrologer for more than four decades. His popular Straight Stars column ran in Vancouver’s largest weekly newspaper for 11 years.
Email mac@macsstars.com or call 604-731-1109.

Star Wise: July 2012

by Mac McLaughlin

Aries | Taurus | Gemini | Cancer | Leo | Virgo | Libra Scorpio | Sagitarius | Capricorn | Aquarius | Pisces

portrait of Mac McLaughlin We are not living in peaceful times, nor have we ever. Hold on a minute. That’s not true.

We lived in peaceful times during the Golden Age. According to the mystics, souls pass through great cycles of time on their journey back to the source of pure light and love. They speak of a time in which men spoke only the truth and peace reigned on Earth. The problem that eventually manifested for the souls living in the Golden Age was they were not motivated to rise above body consciousness and traverse the higher planes. They became satiated, secure and satisfied with their Earthly existence. It really doesn’t sound so bad to me. Wouldn’t it be great to experience a few hundred thousand years of peace, light and love?

The saints teach us that this is the ultimate destiny for all embodied souls – that we will merge into the ocean of consciousness and experience eternal and divine love. Before we get to that though, we have a little work to do. Although we may not understand it all, ignorance will not get us anywhere; neither will war, hatred, anger and retribution. Our modern day wars, clashes and conflicts, big and small, have their origins in the long forgotten past. If astrology has any practical use, it would be within its capacity to help us understand the karma of the times. Our clients want to know the truth and they want to know how to deal with whatever is on board, karma-wise. The one big problem astrologers experience is in the area of helping the souls understand the karma that manifests at different times throughout our lives. There is one law that overrides karmic law and that is the law of God’s mercy and grace. But in the meantime we have work to do and that work is learning to live non-violently. There will always be hard and stressful planetary aspects going on. Uranus and Pluto were conjunct in the late sixties and it was a time of great unrest and protest. Uranus and Pluto are locked into a square aspect for the next two years churning up the seas and creating high stress and contention. Are animosity, distrust, hatred and resentment out there? I think so, but we have a chance to strive to still the waters that have been churned up into a great whirlwind of anxiety, fear and suffering. As the great mystics have taught us, you cannot wash away blood with blood, but only with the waters of forgiveness.


ARIES (March 21 – April 19) Mars types are generally fearless. Sometimes they are reckless and will do things that can be dangerous or thrilling. If this sounds like you, you might want to ‘go easy’ mid-month as the planetary aspects are loaded, potent and dangerous. If you are a thrill seeker, the time is right for high adventure.

 

TAURUS (April 20 – May 21) Taurus knows the essential value of everything. July is a month in which you will weigh up what is real and what must go. It’s a time of soul searching, as you reach for the highest values available or sustainable. An influx of wealth may begin to flow your way. Peace is attainable.

 

GEMINI (May 22 – June 20) The VIPs are coming for a visit this month. They’re already here. Venus and Jupiter arrive, bringing gifts of abundance, love and good fortune. If it is not so, know that it is time to make it so. Do not waste this opportune time fooling around and partying, but strive to make something of yourself.

 

CANCER (June 21 – July 22) An intense month unfolds. The full Moon on July 3 brings home the reality of your situation. A series of powerful planetary aspects heightens the pace, especially mid-month. July 16 to 18 are action packed days in which you will have to wend your way carefully. Excitement, drama and danger are in the mix.

 

LEO (July 23 – August 22) It’s all about communication – or the lack of it – that tells the tale throughout July. The planets are leaning in your favour as a series of positive aspects unfold. You may have to re-think or rework your position, as Mercury turns retrograde in your sign on July 15. Strive for clarity, honesty and fairness.

 

VIRGO (August 23 – September 22) Mars livens up your money house while Venus and Jupiter light up your solar tenth house of career status and your public image. You may be working hard and in the groove, possibly in the right place at the right time. In the midst of the flurry, you must take time for yourself.

 

LIBRA (September 23 – October 22) It’s rock and roll time and hopefully it happens on the dance floor. I know it’s cryptic, but the planetary aspects are a bit hairy and need to be handled with caution. Excitement, romance, adventure and good times are indicated, but you must keep it together and stay focused on what you’re doing, especially mid-month.

 

SCORPIO (October 23 – November 21) Your intuition is strong and helps to motivate you. Now is the time when you must rely on your deep inner self for guidance. You may be contemplating big changes or sense that changes are in the wind, and they are. A time of redirection looms this fall. Behind- the-scenes work takes place now.

 

SAGITTARIUS (November 22 – December 21) Your solar house of partnerships is lit up like a Christmas tree. Lord Jupiter and lovely Venus cast their energies your way bringing opportunities for successful relationships, be they personal or professional. You may have a change of plans or a change of heart mid-month. Joint monies, investments and inheritances may be active topics now.

 

CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 19) The full Moon on July 3 takes place in your sign bringing revelations and realizations your way. The whole month is power packed for action, excitement and change. There is some danger involved. Take it easy and let up on the pedal a bit. Staying clean and letting your works be seen is best.

 

AQUARIUS (January 20 – February 19) Mercury retrogrades in your opposite sign Leo mid-month, and there are some intense aspects going on as well. You might do well, as the planets are basically in tune with Aquarius. It’s all about communications and agreements. Check thrice, cut once. Read the fine print before you agree to any deal that comes up now.

 

PISCES (February 20 – March 20) The Moon transits Pisces from July 6 to 9. Take some time to let down and enjoy life on that weekend. You may be in a pensive mood and engaging in some deep soul searching. Health considerations or work related concerns may need attention. Your dreams may be vivid and chock-full of important information.

Mac McLaughlin has been a practising, professional astrologer for more than four decades. His popular Straight Stars column ran in Vancouver’s largest weekly newspaper for 11 years. Email mac@macsstars.com or call 604-731-1109.

Star Wise: June 2012

by Mac McLaughlin

Aries | Taurus | Gemini | Cancer | Leo | Virgo | Libra
Scorpio | Sagitarius | Capricorn | Aquarius | Pisces

portrait of Mac McLaughlin

The full Moon illuminates the night sky and also illuminates our inner sky if it aligns with sensitive points in our horoscopes. We experience the full Moon every month and most of the time not much comes to pass; it’s just not a big deal. Then all hell breaks loose and you have a heated falling out with your partner, co-worker, boss or kid and even the cat looks at you funny. When the dust settles and you wipe the tears away and look up, sure enough, there’s the full Moon staring you in the face.
The scenarios described above indicate the full Moon probably connected with Mars in your horoscope bringing intense emotions to the surface. Unsolvable problems, snags and seemingly immovable situations get built up under the tension of the waxing full Moon phase. At the height of the lunation, epiphanies come as our internal drummer, the sum total of who we are, points us in the proper direction. When we’re not sure of what we should do in a given situation, we can throw our inner drummer our problem. When the time is right, the answers come winging back and we know exactly what to do and how to go. The truly sensitive, watery, receptive types among us need no explanation of the Moon’s antics. They know full well what can happen.

Being born in the sign of Cancer or having one’s Moon in Cancer, Pisces or Scorpio are just a few factors that make one more receptive to the influences of the Moon. We’re all receptive to her influences in varying degrees. We react to circumstances the best we can and hope for a good outcome, but forewarned is forearmed. Let’s say you have no idea of an upcoming full Moon aligning with your Mars. Sure enough, all kinds of drama unfold and the fur is flying. Being aware of an upcoming full Moon aligning with your Mars, you are able to avoid or at least minimalize your involvement in any situation. Being extra cautious in traffic and not mixing it up with the hot-heads, blowhards, braggarts and swaggerers will get you through the day unscathed. The upcoming lunar eclipse on June 4 has Mars involved with it and we will receive the opportunities to utilize our wisdom as life gets heated and contentious issues arise. Mercury and Saturn are in triangle at the time of the full Moon offering solid, reasonable suggestions to the concerns at hand. The time for honest negotiations has arrived.


ARIES
(March 21 – April 19)
Short and long journeys are indicated as well as an expansion along the lines of communication and education. Regardless of your age, you are moving through a time in which it may be hard to stick to any type of plan. Stay open and remain original and honest. Pay attention to your intuition.
TAURUS
(April 20 – May 21)
Your ruling planet Venus joins up with Jupiter as they travel through your solar second house throughout the last half of June. You may gain monetarily, but the best benefit is within, weighing what is of true value and what truly gives you peace of mind. Work at eliminating stress in the home. Pay attention to dietary concerns.
GEMINI
(May 22 – June 20)
Your ship just came in and you’re in the win. Creative energy and good timing bring success. Travel plans congeal. You can enjoy the hazy, crazy days of summer and live off the fat or you can strive to truly make something of yourself. In true Gemini style, do it all.
CANCER (June 21 – July
22)
It’s not the time for the big splash on Broadway, but it is time to do your homework; study, train and research. Take some time to reflect on what makes you happy or not. It is time to pay off old debts and serve those that need assistance. You may be compelled to help out.

 

LEO (July
23 – August 22)
It’s time to mix and mingle and enjoy the coming summer season. Your solar house of friendships is strongly activated. Meet with others that share your passions and interests. The full Moon on June 4 lights up your solar fifth house of business and pleasure. Others pick up on your sense of humour and style.
VIRGO (August 23 – September
22)
The full Moon on June 4 is pretty dynamic and will have an effect on your solar fourth and tenth houses. These are the areas related to career and home activities. Mars is in Virgo and closely tied to the full Moon energy, meaning the waters can get choppy and tensions could run high.
LIBRA
(September 23 – October 22)
Mercury, lord of the lunar eclipse on June 4, forms a triangle with Saturn in Libra. This will serve you well. Your ability to weigh up what is fair and what is right is strong now. Having gathered a humbling wisdom in the past two years, you can put it to good use now.
SCORPIO
(October 23 – November 21)
Into the mystic you go. The June skies represent a time in which you are gathering information that is hidden. Your hunger for knowledge and seeking wisdom is stronger than ever. It might be time to deal with wills, legacies, joint monies and secret agreements. “A stitch in time saves nine” reflects the times.
SAGITTARIUS
(November 22 – December 21)
The lunar eclipse on June 4 takes place in your sign. Answers come along with more questions. A powerful series of events come to pass that changes your direction. Mid- month, lord Jupiter enters your opposite sign Gemini enhancing life all the way around. Take care and nurture yourself as exciting times are approaching.
CAPRICORN
(December 22 – January 19)
The summer solstice on June 20 heralds your solar low of the year. It’s time to take a break, relax, repair and take stock. The new and full Moon this month take place in your solar sixth house relating to one’s attitude and values concerning health. It is time to organize and harmonize your life.
AQUARIUS
(January 20 – February 19)
A lively time comes about as your solar fifth house is lit up like a Christmas tree. This house relates to romantic and creative energies, children, entertainment and business. You’ve got your thinking cap on and you’re connecting the dots, as your ability to reason and intuit is very strong. Throw a party, dance and rejoice.
PISCES
(February 20 – March 20)
The first half of June can be somewhat distressful, especially near the full Moon date on June 4 and until June 10. Intense encounters take place and you may have to defend yourself. Challenges at work may be the case. Whatever it is, you will have lots of opportunities to forgive those that trespass.

Mac McLaughlin has been a practising, professional astrologer for more than four decades. His popular Straight Stars column ran in Vancouver’s largest weekly newspaper for 11 years.
Email mac@macsstars.com or call 604-731-1109.

 

Star Wise: May 2012

by Mac McLaughlin

Aries | Taurus | Gemini | Cancer | Leo | Virgo | Libra
Scorpio | Sagitarius | Capricorn | Aquarius | Pisces

portrait of Mac McLaughlin

Life’s activities intensify dynamically and dramatically around full Moon time. The effects of the full Moon can be felt two days before and two days after its actual date. The full Moon on May 5 will bring things sharply into perspective. Mercury and Saturn form an opposition just a couple of hours before the full Moon, bringing some type of serious situation to light. Mercury/Saturn oppositions speak of delay and breakdowns regarding communications, misunderstandings and negotiations. Conflicted emotions such as jealousy, rage, anger and envy arise, especially with a Scorpio full Moon. It should be a hot night in the clubs, as the spring mating ritual takes hold. Venus rules this full Moon and she is moving very slowly throughout the month. Venus forms a triangle with Saturn, which helps to bring balance and harmony. My hint for the best possible behaviour in this highly charged time is to keep your cards close to the vest; say less, if anything at all. Mainly, live by the creed that martial artist Chuck Norris devised. He said the best defence is not to offend.

We have a solar eclipse on May 20 in the first degree of Gemini, which is the sign of communication and commerce. Mercury, lord of Gemini, is sitting close to Jupiter, which is an excellent indicator of possible agreements, positive negotiations, trust and cooperation. We have an opportunity to explore productive and reasonable solutions to our problems. Venus and Saturn are in a powerful triangle and whatever seeds we plant at the time of this eclipse will bear positive fruit for several months to come. On another level, the solar eclipse falls right onto a very sensitive point in Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s horoscope and the eclipse has a strong effect on the chart of Benjamin Netanyahu as well.

The eclipse could herald the start of a serious re-ignition or continuation of very old karma. It seems it is the way of the world in the Kali Yuga. If there is a blessing for the times, it will be in the form of the softening and rendering of the hearts of men, once we have dined long enough on the steady diet of war and violence or the threat of it; certainly, it is what we have known since recorded history. It is not doomsday although it sounds that way. It’s a new day and a new way that will get us through to the next chapter in the eternal book of life. The outer planets Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are having a major effect. Uranus transits Aries until 2018, shaking everything up and bringing a most rebellious time of it, planetary-wise. New inroads and new ways and means of living will develop, as anything that has outlived its useful purpose will most likely meet its demise or, at the least, experience a new birth. Neptune visits his own sign Pisces for the next 14 years, bringing us into a time in which we will seek a deeper meaning and a deeper value to our existence.


ARIES
(March 21 – April 19)
It’s time to put it all together. Stay original and go for what you want. Even if you don’t get what you want, you most likely will end up in unique and interesting circumstances. The full Moon on May 5 illuminates the road ahead.
TAURUS
(April 20 – May 21)
What Taurus wants, Taurus gets. Watch for what you want, as you will probably get it. The full Moon on May 5 will bring revelations. May 21 and 22 are opportune days to connect and communicate. Heart-to-heart talks may move mountains.
GEMINI
(May 22 – June 20)
The Gemini solar eclipse on May 20 indicates a new start. Do some soul searching. Love, values, family and career objectives get a makeover. Life heats up as the Spring progresses. The summer is even better, as travel and fun times are indicated.
CANCER (June 21 – July
22)
The full Moon on April 6 will illuminate your inner sky, and Most Cancer people are a bit wide-eyed and wild-eyed during the full Moon phase. Sleepless nights and creative flights, fuelled by a vivid imagination have you pacing the floor on May 5. Decisions are made that allow you to move forward.
LEO (July
23 – August 22)
Career and home sectors are affected by the full Moon on May 5. News from afar may change your course in some way. With any serious effort, you can attain your objectives. It is your time to shine. Stay open, original and flexible.
VIRGO (August 23 – September
22)
A busy month unfolds. You’re in demand and possibly in command. Travel, education and spirituality can attract you now. It is a time of wielding influence and power. Lucky breaks and good news arrive on May 21 and 22. Move forward with confidence.
LIBRA
(September 23 – October 22)
Your ruling planet Venus forms a triangle with Saturn that lasts throughout the month. While Saturn is the stern taskmaster bringing sobering realities, Venus is about wisdom, beauty, grace and love. The combination restores balance and harmony and brings peace and happiness.
SCORPIO
(October 23 – November 21)
The Scorpio full Moon on May 5 brings important revelations. It’s a time of deep reflection and introspection. Jupiter and Mars cast good energy, bringing confidence and strength. It is also a time of rest and repair. Relationships get a boost May 21 and 22.
SAGITTARIUS
(November 22 – December 21)
You are known to be lucky and luck favours those that are prepared, organized and together. The full Moon on May 5 helps you to see which areas need attention and care, such as health and work demands. A good summer approaches.
CAPRICORN
(December 22 – January 19)
The Sun and Jupiter cast good energy your way as they light up your solar fifth house. This house rules over topics such as children, creativity, romance, gambling, business and entertainment. It is also a good karma house. Make good use of your time.
AQUARIUS
(January 20 – February 19)
Home and career sectors are stimulated by the full Moon on May 5. If you want to make important changes, wait until the end of the month, as the picture brightens sharply and your opportunities will increase. Creative energy flows abundantly then.
PISCES
(February 20 – March 20)
Moves, renovations, family obligations and other machinations keep you hopping throughout the month. Creative energy is high and you might need it in order to manoeuvre through the thorny issues that are at hand. Kindness, caring and consideration are the Pisces way.

Mac McLaughlin has been a practising, professional astrologer for more than four decades. His popular Straight Stars column ran in Vancouver’s largest weekly newspaper for 11 years.
Email mac@macsstars.com or call 604-731-1109.

STAR WISE: April 2012

by Mac McLaughlin

Aries | Taurus | Gemini | Cancer | Leo | Virgo | Libra
Scorpio | Sagitarius | Capricorn | Aquarius | Pisces

portrait of Mac McLaughlin

In observing the night sky, the ancients came to realize that the planting, harvesting and hunting seasons could be predicted by the Sun’s return to a particular point in the sky each year. They also noted certain phenomena would prevail when the wandering stars (planets) moved through particular sectors of the sky. Thus, astrology came into existence. Now, let’s take a look and see what the planets and stars decree.

The one planet that has caught my eye is Uranus. This planet speaks about revolution, innovation and transformation. Shift, shock, change and rearrange are the types of activities we experience when this planet comes a-knockin’. Uranus takes approximately 84 years to circle the Sun. Presently, he is moving through the sign Aries, which is a very potent combination. Revolutionary Uranus seeks to overthrow the status quo. Seemingly a lawbreaker, he is just as much a lawmaker when the dust settles.

Freedom from tyranny and injustice comes along in the wake of powerful Uranian transits. The last time Uranus visited volatile Aries, we experienced the 1929 stock market crash and the onset of the great depression. Millions of souls were displaced as many people roamed east and west seeking aid and employment. Those that survived the dirty thirties certainly had revolutionized their lives. The previous cycle before the stock market crash brought us the 1848 Revolution in France, which changed the way of life throughout all of Europe.

Well, here we are again. We have a nine-ball juggling act going on and all the balls are up in the air. Uranus began its visit in Aries on March 12, 2012 and will stay until May 15, 2018 and we know it’s going to be hot; it already is. The mid-East is nearing its boiling point and the Arab Spring uprisings are right on time. Uranus happens to rule over all things electronic and atomic. The nuclear chess game continues and the stakes go higher as will oil prices and everything else. We know that nuclear power can either assist mankind or destroy life on the planet. Spin the dial in any direction and we can see what needs correction, direction and renewal. The mood is restless. It is a time of revolution. I’m not talking anarchy and violence, although wars will come from within and without. What we need is a revolution in consciousness and a re-evaluation of what is true, real and necessary.

Uranus creates a charged atmosphere of rebellion and upheaval and while it travels though fiery Aries, we will have to be creative and innovative in order to deal with what is on our platter. If you were to attain all you have dreamed about and longed for, do you think you would be happy and content? The answer is “No.” You would still be restless and seeking higher heights and quests. The rich, the poor and everyone else live to the limit of their means. While all this is going on, the clock is ticking and the spirit within dwindles and withers away. One people, one planet, one love.

ARIES (March 21 – April 19)
The full Moon on April 6 will bring more than a few revelations your way. You are a walking lightning rod, drawing down highly charged, creative and innovative currents from above. Cut away from the past and move into the future.
TAURUS (April 20 – May 21)
You are on a roll and you must make the best of it. Jupiter casts his blessings in the form of excellent timing and strong contacts within the circles in which you move. The Taurus new Moon on April 21 signals a new start.
GEMINI (May 22 – June 20)
Venus visits Gemini for the next four months bringing high times, creativity, love and resources. Venus represents beautification, socialization and internal values. You may have to make some uncomfortable decisions in order to attain harmony, balance and peace of mind. It’s your time to shine.
CANCER (June 21 – July 22)
The full Moon on April 6 will illuminate your inner sky, and answers regarding career and home concerns will manifest. You’re in the midst of a big makeover, so big you may only be marginally aware of it at this point.

 

LEO (July 23 – August 22)
Career and travel sectors are hot. Opportunities present themselves in which you can use your creative genius to its full extent. You have a free roll, which means you can carve out your own pathway the way you want it to be.
VIRGO (August 23 – September 22)
You hit the street running as plans congeal and you have to get real in order to handle all that is on your platter. Make sure you don’t hit the street literally, as accidents and incidents can arise easily at this time.
LIBRA (September 23 – October 22)
The Libra full Moon on April 6 brings home all kinds of important and useful information. You are in a time of redirection, correction and elimination of whatever has held you back in the past. Endings and beginnings take place.
SCORPIO (October 23 – November 21)
A time of internal perusal has arrived. Jupiter casts his good energy your way bringing hope, faith, luck and opportunity. The long view tells the tale of correction, discipline and hard work. Doing the work and the correction now is the best bet; the future gets easier.
SAGITTARIUS (November 22 – December 21)
Someone left the gate open and you can run free. With that sense of freedom, your vision of the overall picture becomes enhanced. Love and all kinds of enriched relationships of many forms are heading your way. Can you see it?
CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 19)
The big wheels are in motion planetary-wise. The outer planets have a play and a say as to what is unfolding in your life. It is an exceptionally dynamic and truly cosmic time in which the Goat has reached the pinnacle. Now what?
AQUARIUS (January 20 – February 19)
Your brain is on fire. Well, actually that might be a normal thing for the average Aquarius. The point is that high energy is coming in creative blasts. All intellectual avenues such as education and communication get a boost. Internal spring cleaning takes precedence.
PISCES (February 20 – March 20)
Mars moves slowly through your opposite sign Virgo throughout the month bringing up contentious issues and all types of contrastments. You might be in a truly creative mood as you sense the excitement that is unfolding. You are braver than you imagined.

Mac McLaughlin has been a practising, professional astrologer for more than four decades. His popular Straight Stars column ran in Vancouver’s largest weekly newspaper for 11 years.
Email mac@macsstars.com or call 604-731-1109.

Star Wise – March 2012

portrait of Mac McLaughlin

by Mac McLaughlin

Aries | Taurus | Gemini | Cancer | Leo | Virgo | Libra
Scorpio | Sagitarius | Capricorn | Aquarius | Pisces

portrait of Mac McLaughlinOur great nation came into existence on July 1, 1867. The planetary positions on that day portray what we’re all about. Our strengths and weaknesses stand out clearly and our national or collective karma can be read by those that have learned the language of the stars. Obviously, we have a good horoscope as witnessed by the comfortable lifestyles of most Canadians. Yes, we have our flaws, but mainly we have it made. We are a benign, humanitarian people, for the most part tolerant and permissive, with a tendency to treat others fairly.

On the surface, most would agree with this assessment, but when we dig a little deeper the story sadly changes. I was born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, or as the locals called it, “Pa took it.” Pa took this land from its aboriginal people and according to the annals of history, they have no intention of giving it back or sharing it in a fair and equitable way. Now, we’re talking pipelines across the land and oil tankers in our pristine waters and we know the inevitable results.

Presently, the planet Pluto is having a major effect on our collective birth chart and will continue to bring massive changes in the next few years. Pluto is not a light, airy-fairy planet and it rules the underworld in all of its variegated colours, shapes and forms. We’ve heard the term ‘Plutocrat,’ referring to the powerful and wealthy movers and shakers in our midst. Pluto rules all those interested in controlling our lives. Big business, governments, all policing agencies and the underworld are areas where you are most likely to encounter Plutonian types.

Transiting Pluto opposes the sun, moon and Uranus in our collective birth chart for the next couple of years. Pluto brings destruction, decay, deterioration and all things on the dark side. He is another form of Lord Shiva the destroyer in the Hindu belief system. Yes, Pluto destroys, but it destroys for the sake of renewal and rebirth. Our legal system is in tatters and our medical and educational systems are burdened with the weight of their concerns.

Now, our prime minister is tampering with our Old Age Security benefits as he hints at bumping up the date of eligibility from 65 to 67. I wonder if he knows the ramifications of messing with the up-and-coming baby boomers’ pensions. This could be his Waterloo. Pluto passes over his Saturn throughout 2012 and Saturn rules the elderly and their security. The combination of planetary forces could very well spell the demise of Harper’s leadership. The fat cat politicians’ pensions are golden and ridiculously high. Harper might want to review his plans lest he awaken the sleeping giant. There will be many battles fought in order to bring justice and fairness our way.

ARIES (March 21 – April 19)
It’s a new day and new way as the Aries new moon takes hold on March 22. Significant changes and challenges are taking shape. Epiphanies, revelations and a few surprises keep you on your toes. Cast away fear and move into the future.
TAURUS (April 20 – May 21)
Love is in the air as Venus visits Taurus throughout the month. A lively and exciting time is to be expected. Travel plans congeal and luck seems to have come your way. Move forward with confidence, as others are receptive to your energy now.
GEMINI (May 22 – June 20)
Wrap it up and put away the past as the future is fast approaching. March is a time of preparation. It would behove you to move towards your goals or at least prepare to do so. The next several months bring grace and abundance.

CANCER (June 21 – July 22)
It’s a time of joining up, mixing and mingling. A new circle of friends may materialize. Social and professional connections become enhanced as others vie for your attention and possibly your affection. A time of resurgence has arrived. Make the best of it.

 

LEO (July 23 – August 22)
The benefic planets Venus and Jupiter dominate the top of your chart throughout the month, bringing all kinds of opportunities for advancement, acknowledgement and achievement. Watch for biting off too much, though. You may be hungry for some new adventures.

VIRGO (August 23 – September 22)
Mars the warlord continues his lengthy visit to your sign. Best use the energy rather than be used by it. Action, exertion, effort, trial, travails, stormy weather, blood, sweat and tears all mixed together may bring success and honour. Good times prevail as well.

LIBRA (September 23 – October 22)
Saturn the stern taskmaster is still around for several more months. He brings deep and powerful lessons that carve wisdom into our souls. Mercury and Uranus send dynamic energy throughout the month making life hectic, challenging and very exciting. It’s all a bit edgy.
SCORPIO (October 23 – November 21)
Mars and Pluto – co/rulers of Scorpio – send good energy indicating you can get things done. Venus and Jupiter cast excellent energy as they light up the area of relationships and partnerships throughout the month. A lucky break regarding contentious issues brings relief.
SAGITTARIUS (November 22 – December 21)
The new moon on March 22 fires up your imagination. You might have a head-full of potent ideas and plans for the future. Venus and Jupiter move through your health sector indicating a time of re-evaluation regarding everything: work, diet, stress, etc.
CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 19)
The words “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee” came from beloved Capricorn Muhammad Ali. It is a time of great movement and transition and Ali’s words of wisdom may come in handy. The stars lean in your favour. Make the best of it.
AQUARIUS (January 20 – February 19)
The fourth solar sector represents your home and your deeper internal self. Now, Venus and Jupiter are moving through that area and a renewal process may begin regarding all aspects of the self, home and family. Creative energy is high throughout the month.
PISCES (February 20 – March 20)
A new day dawns as Neptune begins his journey through Pisces. Stay open and perceptive, as the signals from this planet will come clear for those who are clean and sober. Artistic, compassionate and creative energies abound. Spread your wings and catch the wind.

Mac McLaughlin has been a practising, professional astrologer for more than four decades. His popular Straight Stars column ran in Vancouver’s largest weekly newspaper for 11 years.
Email mac@macsstars.com or call 604-731-1109.

Star Wise

portrait of Mac McLaughlin

February 2012 – by Mac McLaughlin

Aries | Taurus | Gemini | Cancer | Leo | Virgo | Libra
Scorpio | Sagitarius | Capricorn | Aquarius | Pisces

portrait of Mac McLaughlinIn Shakespeare’s play, Julius Caesar, Cassius explains the law of karma simply and accurately when he proclaims, “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings.” According to the mystics, the whole world is a play made up by the karmic impressions stored in the mind of the people of the world. We know that karma represents the law of give and take, action and reaction. The familiar axiom, “As you sow, so shall you reap,” is another attempt at explaining the laws of karma. The stars and planets are woven into the fabric of our beings. They are the representatives of karmic distribution in accordance to our give and take and make-and-break ledgers congealed and played out in the present incarnation. The beautiful people among us that seemingly have it easy, as they glide along life’s path radiantly successful with great families, are experiencing the positive bounty of generous and good actions from previous lives. Conversely, the souls that performed negative, non-loving and violent activities come back into this life with severe karmic difficulties – not as a punishment, but to help them evolve spiritually.

Let’s take a look at some of the karmic energies destined to unfold in the month of February. The ancients had the night sky to study and ponder. They noted different energies prevailed according to the star group or nakshatra the moon was moving through. From that, they could decipher what type of energy would befall mankind. The full moon on February 7 takes place in the nakshatra called Ashlesha and from what I have studied this nakshatra really doesn’t have a lot of positive connotations. Suspicion, paranoia, collusion, conspiracy and many other not so nice aphorisms seem to dominate the energy coming from this star group. We get to see the underbelly or nasty side of human behaviour. One writer says Ashlesha represents the power to inflict poison. Sharp, venomous attacks take place and many things are hidden and waiting to be discovered. Plus the moon is full and, no doubt, we will find out soon enough what it is all about.

The new moon on February 21 takes place in the early degrees of Pisces and is conjunct with Neptune. On the positive side of the coin, Pisces/Neptune energies convey wisdom, kindness, creativity and compassion. On the negative side of the ledger, we have distortion, deception, confusion, lies and misdirection to feast upon. A few days after the new moon, Mercury opposes Mars (February 23) and this is an indicator of unrest, anger and confrontation. Sabre rattling, nerve jangling threats and counter reactions will be the case; just name the place and let’s see what unfolds. Neptune/Pisces energies rule over the seas and oceans and with all the tension going on in the Strait of Hormuz we can use our imaginations as to what will take place. Yes, we are in the belly of the beast whilst we travel the rocky road of the Kali Yuga. When the great saint Kabir stepped on to Earth, he discovered no one was happy. How can we be happy when we’re so disconnected from our higher self? Not to despair, we are on our way home. Love will come our way when our hearts can no longer stand the cruel suffering. A change of heart is needed. The mystics teach us love is the only commodity that increases when given; all other types of giving lead to depletion.

ARIES (March 21 – April 19)
Venus casts her lovely rays your way starting February 7. Along personal lines, she offers refinement, beautification and transformation. Love, affection and creative energies come along nicely. You may be surprised by the dynamic changes starting to happen in your life.
TAURUS (April 20 – May 21)
Bust a move or two. Sheesh, go for the whole enchilada. Do not waste this opportunity to truly make positive changes at work, home and especially within yourself. March and April are dynamic months as well. Make the best effort and it will pay.
GEMINI (May 22 – June 20)
News from afar, possibly regarding publishing or travel, comes your way. Your longing for the divine becomes enhanced. Career sector heats up towards the end of the month, as do considerations regarding home, family and real estate. Make ready for a big year.
CANCER (June 21 – July 22)
The full moon on February 7 prompts you to take a deep look at everything. You may be restless and casting about for some changes, especially career-wise. Secrets, inheritances and shared monies may be topics of interest throughout the month.
LEO (July 23 – August 22)
Relationships of all sorts come into consideration as the Leo full moon on February 7 takes hold. How you relate to others and how others relate to you is what it is about. Romantic energies are strong and you may be restless for some travel.
VIRGO (August 23 – September 22)
The month starts off in a good way with strong romantic and creative potential. Travel and higher education could be on your mind. Keep in mind a soft reply turns away wrath as Mercury and Mars clash on February 23.
LIBRA (September 23 – October 22)
Your solar fifth sector ruling business, romance, entertainment and children is strongly activated in the first 20 days of the month. After that, your instincts drive you toward perfection, harmony and balance, starting with your body. It is time for some early spring cleaning.
SCORPIO (October 23 – November 21)
Jupiter casts his glance bringing abundance and good timing. Your creative imagination goes into high gear, especially after February 19. Pay attention to your dreams as they may hold significant information and inspiration. Confused issues surface mid-month and may need delicate handling.
SAGITTARIUS (November 22 – December 21)
Mars heats up your career sector throughout the month bringing action and challenge. It might be time for a job change. Home, family and real estate activities increase as well. Creative, artistic and romantic energies create happy and memorable times.
CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 19)
Lord Saturn sits at the top of your solar chart for most of the year bringing opportunities for advancement and success. Honours and accolades for those that rightly used power and a fall from a high place for those that abused positions of authority.
AQUARIUS (January 20 – February 19)
You are in your solar high of the year. It means you can become empowered, acknowledged, directed, respected and, of course, loved. No time to ponder, but it is time for action. The full moon on February 7 brings it all home.
PISCES (February 20 – March 20)
Keep a diary by your bed and record your dreams, as they should be flooding in strongly in the last 10 days of the month. You may feel inspired and ready to make all kinds of unique and dynamic changes that are long overdue.

Mac McLaughlin has been a practising, professional astrologer for more than four decades. His popular Straight Stars column ran in Vancouver’s largest weekly newspaper for 11 years.
Email mac@macsstars.com or call 604-731-1109.